Monday, September 04, 2006

Feet, legs, arms, eyes, ears, and more

Can you figure out the common theme?

For those of us who were at the conference, we have sore and tired feet and legs. Walking from class to class, to the Exhibit Hall, to another class, back to buy one more CD or book over four exhilarating days does take a toll. Oh, but it was so worth it. Our arms are tired from carrying all those purchases. Our eyes are tired from all the viewing of syllabus pages and lecture visuals. Our ears have listened to the excellent lectures. So, what is the more?

It's a fact that the FGS/NEHGS Conference held this past week was a rousing success. The word is that we had fun -- and of course, there was the learning that was superb. The luncheon and banquet meals were great and the desserts and the dinner rolls -- I have never seen so many of these get eaten. They were so good that more and more people were eating them.

Standing in the Exhibit Hall Saturday and the hotel lobby Sunday for part of the morning and afternoon, I heard from many of you. You are tired, but enjoyed the week. A lot of hands went into making the week so good for all of us. I hope I don't forget anyone, but the conference chairs, the program chair, A-V chair, hospitality chair, registration chair, local publicity chair, volunteer chair, sponsored events coordinator, exhibits chair, FGS office, and so many helpers for each of these worked hard.

Lots of you were thrilled that the New England Historic Genealogical Society had extended hours last week. NEHGS was a great host for this conference.

The more? Your memories, your eagerness to use what you learned, the new friends you made, and your new calendar listing. Now we look ahead to the next FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 15-18, 2007.